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Surely shared use of park makes sense

Daily Echo: Friends of Riverside Park hold litter pick

2:11pm Friday 24th October 2014

WHEN G Bulbrooke wrote about walking daily in Riverside Park there are several points with which I take issue.

Over 60s still working should be celebrated

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

2:07pm Friday 24th October 2014

I AM concerned that there is an actual prejudice against over 60s who continue working.

Parking permits would make a difference, Mr Morrell

Daily Echo: Keith Morrell

2:06pm Friday 24th October 2014

KEITH Morrell states that parking permits that only apply from 08.30 to 09.30 and 15.00 to 16.00 would not resolve the parking problems encountered in Fairisle Road during school opening and closing times.

We worked hard for our pension

Daily Echo: Southern Daily Echo

2:04pm Friday 24th October 2014

I READ in the Echo on Tuesday, October 21, a letter stating that “people should think themselves lucky to be in receipt of a taxable total amount of cash in retirement, as not all British pensioners are blessed with such.”

£55 for doctors to diagnose dementia

Daily Echo:

1:59pm Friday 24th October 2014

I THINK it’s disgusting that doctors are being offered £55 to diagnose dementia.

Cutting back verges robs birds of food

Daily Echo:

1:58pm Friday 24th October 2014

TO ensure the survival of garden birds, wildlife trusts ask us to feed them through the winter.

Walk-In centre

Daily Echo:

1:49pm Friday 24th October 2014

A MEETING to try to save Bitterne Walk-In centre is being held tomorrow at the United Reformed Church, Bitterne Road (above Iceland), at 2pm. All political parties welcome!

UKIP is hardly suggesting anything radical with the NHS

Daily Echo: File photo dated 03/05/13 of a Ukip candidate's rosette as the party has surged into the lead in the European election contest despite a bruising week of controversies, according to a poll. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday April 26, 2014.

1:47pm Friday 24th October 2014

I CAN assure David Furnell (Letter, October 20) that for years much of the NHS has already been run by “hard-nosed businessmen”, plucked from the commercial world and now in charge of various directorates within hospital trusts.

‘Don’t pollute our drinking water with fluoride’

Daily Echo: CONTROVERSIAL: fluoride in water

5:19pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

I CANNOT think of any more important concern than the content of our drinking water.

Park and ride would ease traffic chaos

Daily Echo: Union Terrace car park, overlooked by York St John University. Pic: Mike Tipping (5449109)

5:18pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WHEN is Southampton City Council going to instigate park and ride sites around Southampton?

Accident blackspot . . . when will council listen?

Daily Echo:

5:16pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

SUNDAY, October 12, 2.30pm. Yet again we have had our weekly car accident, but this one was by far the worst with fire engines, police and air ambulance all in attendance.

It’s never too late

Daily Echo: Life pressures blamed for a spiralling need of food handouts

5:14pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

HOW uplifting to read the letter from Roger Bampton and the joy he experienced at the Salvation Army recently (Letters, October 13).

The trouble with potholes on our streets...

Daily Echo: Pot hole, poor road surface. A pothole in Church Street, Epsom

5:13pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

MANY potholes and uneven surfaces are the result of the road being dug up and the surface being replaced badly.

Make a stand over care homes

Daily Echo: File photo dated 05/12/08 of the hands of an elderly woman as two in five pensioners consider their television set to be their main form of company, a charity has warned. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday May 3, 2014. Age UK said that loneline

5:09pm Thursday 23rd October 2014

WITH the publicity surrounding bad care homes, some of which raises the hairs on your neck, I think it’s time to point out that now is the time that your loved ones go out to tender and it’s pot luck whether the place where your relative lives is sold on to a good or a bad company.

We need the walk-in centre

Daily Echo: CHECKS: Spot checks were carried out in NHS hospitals throughout Wales

5:50pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

THE Daily Echo reports that one of my GPs, Dr Steve Townsend, is in favour of the plans to shut Bitterne Walk-In Centre (Daily Echo, October 15) for six months.

Elected mayor for city?

Daily Echo:

5:43pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

IT’S interesting to see Southampton Council conducting a consultation exercise on whether the city should have a directly elected mayor, fewer councillors and all-out elections.

Unbelievable behaviour over fluoride

Daily Echo: CONTROVERSY: Health bosses want to put fluoride in tap water.

5:42pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

FLUORIDE – what a carry on!

A simple vote is needed

Daily Echo: Children are "missing out on fluoride"

5:35pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I READ the article “Health bosses are stalling over fluoride” (October 15). I’m glad that Cllr Simon Letts does not seem to be in favour of enforced fluoridation, but I’m not totally in agreement with his call for a referendum.

New Forest is for everyone to enjoy

Daily Echo: Wiggle cyclists in the New Forest at the weekend.

5:34pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I SEE the ‘Not in my New Forest’ (NIMNFs) have a new champion or should it be “Chumpion”?

Just put it back like it was

Daily Echo:

5:31pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WITH reference to J3 M27- M271 south, instead of paying all that money to speed up this junction why not just remove the lights and put it back to how it was before? We did not have any hold-ups back then.

Works will make motorway worse

Daily Echo: M27 lane closures

5:30pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

WE are about to endure six months of misery at Junction 3 on the M27.

Months of misery to come for junction work

Daily Echo: Traffic on the M27 motorway

5:29pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

I CANNOT believe the forecasted time it’s going to take to improve Junction 3 on the M27.

Boycott these prices

Daily Echo: Top man: Southampton's Dusan Tadic (second right) celebrates scoring his goal with Jack Cork after running Sunderland ragged

5:28pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

ON the subject of high ticket prices and refreshments at football stadiums, DON’T BUY THEM.

I’m not buying...


5:26pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

MY wife and I are sick to death of what we call the “God Squads” ie Mormons and Jehovah’s Witnesses ringing our door bell.

Check for yourself

Daily Echo: Nationwide in Christchurch High Street

5:24pm Wednesday 22nd October 2014

REGARDING banks scams, earlier in the year we had a call from someone saying they were from Nationwide investigating an attempted fraud on our credit card.

Only upside down if it’s on a flagpole

Daily Echo: The Union flag

4:20pm Tuesday 21st October 2014

 RE: CM Christianson’s Union Jack letter.

Adult bus pass unfair

Daily Echo: A Velvet bus

6:57pm Friday 17th October 2014

YES, the adult bus pass IS unfair for 16/17-yearolds at college. Our teenager gets a pass there but has to pay full fare into Southampton.

The school run

Daily Echo: Keith Morrell

6:35pm Friday 17th October 2014

A READER suggests in a letter (Daily Echo, October 13) that the horrific parking problem around the Fairisle schools can be resolved with residents’ parking permits and “a few signs”. If only it were that simple!

Is flooding just a coincidence?

Daily Echo:

5:21pm Thursday 16th October 2014

RE the recent flooding at Bridge Road, Woolston, is it a coincidence that there has been some work on and under the bridge lately which may have contributed to the flooding as I can’t remember it being flooded like that in the past?

Save our walk-in centre

Daily Echo:

5:19pm Thursday 16th October 2014

The NHS walkin centre in Bitterne, Southampton, is under threat.

Up for a game?

Daily Echo:

5:16pm Thursday 16th October 2014

A NEW game hits the streets, challenging and frustrating for some and surely entertaining for the makers, Southampton Council.

MPs should giver everyone else the power to decide their own pay

Daily Echo:

5:15pm Thursday 16th October 2014

IF the MPs were to grant the nurses, midwifes and other medical staff the same privilege that they enjoy themselves ie, the power to grant their own pay rises, as the MPs did when granting themselves their recent 11 per cent pay rise, wouldn’t this stop all these strikes etc?

NHS medical staff are greedy for wanting more money

Daily Echo:

5:09pm Thursday 16th October 2014

RE the NHS strike – here we go again. Another load of middle paid workers on strike for more money saying that they cannot afford fuel, food, bills etc.

Christmas carols already?

Daily Echo: Christmas Wonderland Market

1:30pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

I WAS surprised to hear probably the first carol of the year being sung on radio earlier this month and it’s not even December yet!

Arrogant health assurance

Daily Echo: Fluoride 'safe and effective' insist health chiefs

1:27pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

I AM very sceptical of the advice given by Public Health England, that it has “listened very carefully to all concerns expressed regarding transferring patients’ personal health records to a giant computer database and will put in place safeguards to protect their records.”

Diabetes sufferers should have flu jab

Daily Echo: The funds were raised for Diabetes UK.

1:12pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

DIABETES UK is recommending everyone with diabetes takes up the offer of a free flu jab from their GP as soon as possible.

Listen to people with disabilities

Daily Echo: Rowenna Davis

12:11pm Wednesday 15th October 2014

THIS newspaper recently promoted a listening event for carers and people with disabilities in Southampton.

Defections are kick in teeth for hard-working activists

Daily Echo: Brian Dash

11:50am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE defections of MPs Carswell and Reckless are not unique and both are within their rights to change party allegiance.

Please buy a poppy and wear it with pride

Daily Echo: Town Hall, Darlington  -  Pic to go with story about this year's poppy appeal. (10155165)

11:44am Tuesday 14th October 2014

ON November 11 we will remember the contribution and sacrifices made by those who, during times of war, gave their life for peace and freedom.

Kitchen response disgraceful

Daily Echo: Councillor Warwick Payne.

11:41am Tuesday 14th October 2014

I AM absolutely appalled by Warwick Payne’s response to kitchen nightmare.

Morning trains to Waterloo should have more coaches

Daily Echo: More than a hundred passengers stranded on train

11:39am Tuesday 14th October 2014

FROM time to time I travel to London by South West Trains from Southampton at 11.00 or Southampton Airport Parkway at 11.08.

Pine would have been fine in days before ‘elf ’n’ safety’

Daily Echo: Patrick Kellett was training to be a tree surgeon

11:36am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WHILST these days we accept them, I do believe that before the dreaded “elf ’n safety” got involved in just about every aspect of our lives the felled landmark Monterey pine in Park Gate would have received a different approach.

Dog owners ignoring signs near school

Daily Echo:

11:29am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WITH regards to the letter from Doug Perry about Riverside Park, I tend to disagree with what he is saying.

Consultations pointless if views are ignored

Daily Echo:

11:20am Tuesday 14th October 2014

THE major political parties play lip service to the concept of localism but none has any intention of implementing real local democracy.

Teachers needed

Daily Echo: Make developers build schools too

11:11am Tuesday 14th October 2014

WANTED: volunteer teachers and helpers for a wonderfully fulfilling job teaching English to refugees and asylum seekers from many parts of the world.

Gateway building should be praised

Daily Echo:

11:07am Tuesday 14th October 2014

I’D like to take issue with Councillor Bob Paignton over his remarks on Swaythling’s new complex, City Gateway, condemning it less than a few weeks after completion.

No chocolate for me thanks WH Smith

Daily Echo: What do you think is the best chocolate bar out there?

6:07pm Monday 13th October 2014

 MY home town of Romsey in Hamshire has a branch of WH Smith. Not an uncommon site in many towns and high streets throughout the UK, in fact a shop that is a household name. In a small market town, such as Romsey, WH Smith is the only place available for the purchase of office stationery and a bonus for local business.

Warmth and happiness with the Salvation Army

Daily Echo: Life pressures blamed for a spiralling need of food handouts

6:06pm Monday 13th October 2014

 IN the earlier part of this month I was invited to the local Salvation Army meeting.

House-building out of control in former village

Daily Echo: Clavis Holdings Ltd want to build 35 new homes in Goodrich.

6:05pm Monday 13th October 2014

NOTICES have been placed today in our cul-de-sac and surrounding roads here in Hedge End indicating that building is to commence in the near future in the large field adjacent to our residences.

Why are roads in such poor state?

Daily Echo: £286k to spend on potholes

6:05pm Monday 13th October 2014

HAS anyone noticed how all our road signs are covered up with trees, and all the white road markings are worn away?

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